pura vida = life is good, cool
sendero = trail
Gallo pinto (rice and black beans), plantains, tortillas
Great for vegetarians!
AMIGOS has worked in Costa Rica for 35 years. We began working with CASA in 2004.
*Itinerary may be subject to change.
First Day – Participants from arrive. Project staff pick them up at the airport and the group travels together to Pérez Zeledón.
First Week – Briefing. Project staff members leads all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Pérez Zeledón Project. This will take place at our partner agency, CASA. On the last day of briefing, we will have our bienvenida, where host families will pick you up and take you to your host community.
Week 1/2 – Live in a community with your host family. With your AMIGOS partner, plan and lead activities for kids on environmental topics. Start working on your service project alongside residents in your community.
Week 2/3 – Continue leading daily activities for kids and making progress on your service project.
Week 3/4 – Leave your community and head to one of three national parks! You’ll be with a group of students that is 50% AMIGOS volunteers from the U.S. and 50% Costa Rican students. Spend your days working on projects in the park, doing fun activities, and getting to know other volunteers.
Week 4 – Despedida (goodbye party). Debriefing at CASA. You’ll come back together with all of the volunteers on your project, share your experience, and reflect on your time in Costa Rica.
Last Day – Fly home!